Trauma: Executive Producer Hopes Show’s Not Over Yet

cancelled TraumaThough the Monday night drama was declared “cancelled” back in October, NBC made a surprising move and ordered three additional episodes of Trauma a few weeks later. Is this a sign that the show’s not dead yet? Executive Producer Jeffrey Reiner hopes not.

Trauma follows a group of San Francisco first responders as they try to save the lives of those in need. The cast includes Derek Luke, Cliff Curtis, Anastasia Griffith, Kevin Rankin, Aimee Garcia, Billy Lush, Jamey Sheridan, and Taylor Kinney.

Networks will rarely admit that a TV show has been cancelled, especially while they still have some unaired episodes on the schedule. Still, NBC essentially cancelled Trauma when the network acknowledged that they wouldn’t be ordering any more episodes. If you don’t make any more episodes, the show’s over.

Reiner tells the Mercury News, “The obituaries were piling up. A lot of people naturally thought we were dead… And NBC did nothing to counteract those reports.”

Can Trauma still be saved?

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But Reiner says that he and his collaborators didn’t take the news lying down. With some episodes still left to produce, they cut more than $500,000 from the show’s production budget. They also started focusing more on personal stories and less on expensive special effects. He mused, “There’s definitely less adrenaline and action-figure stuff… We’re not a soap opera, but we’re getting a feel for who these characters are and I think viewers are becoming invested in them.”

The cost savings, coupled with the hope that ratings will get better and the network’s need for a bit more programming, likely caused NBC to order three more episodes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t likely change the show’s chances of getting a second season. The show would need an infusion of viewers for that to happen. Reiner said, “We’re barely hanging in there, but at least we’re in the hunt right now… And that’s all we can ask for.”

TV show supportAs devoted viewers have surely noticed, the show’s not currently on the schedule. It’s on a lengthy hiatus, a programming move that’s not likely to help the show’s ratings improve. NBC hasn’t said when Trauma will return but the remaining six installments probably won’t air until February 2010 at the earliest.

Still, Reiner refuses to give up hope and likens it to his experience working on Friday Night Lights, a show that was always on the verge of being cancelled, “Heck, we thought we were dead every year, but we lived to fight on. You just concentrate on doing the best work you can — and wait with bated breath.”

What do you think? Is there still hope for Trauma? If the show doesn’t come back, how would you like it to end?

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  1. Anonymous says

    I love this show….I Can’t say how much I enjoy it.
    My husband is a milatry veteren who lost his leg overseas and is usuallynot good with these kinds of shows. It’s hard for him to watch blood a grafic medical stuff
    but he enjoys it as well. It’s nice, We both agree on mondays chuck than our trauma!

  2. Devin Marlin says

    i absolutely LOVE this show and i would be so disappointed if it were to be cancelled. i wait week after week to watch and unfortunetly it wasnt on last week nor is it on today….please dont cancel it what the hell would i watch on mondays lol

  3. Heather says

    My fiance and I are both EMTs and love the show it is great people can see what it is like to be an EMT and what we go through. Our 8 yr son loves the show as well he know and understands what his dad and I go through and how we save lives and how sometimes no matter how hard we try we loose some as well. Please keep this show running it is the best one on nbc !!!!!!!

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  5. Fan of Trauma says

    PLEASE do not cancel this show, give it a chance. How can you say no one likes it if you do not let it run the full season! Good show, great cast!

  6. Anonymous says

    Please DO NOT cancel this show! So many people enjoy it. The cast is great, the story line is exciting to watch. So many great shows are being cancelled….. PLEASE DON’T CANCEL TRAUMA!!!!

  7. Glory says

    Trauma is intellegent and interesting. Please don’t cancel it. You should be concerned about the number of people canceling their television service due to the dumbing down of American Television.

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